Category: Swing 101

“It Don’t Mean a Thing…If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (1932) Duke Ellington

  “It Don’t Mean a Thing…If It Ain’t Got That Swing” music, lyric and arrangement by Duke Ellington. Recorded by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra on February 2, 1932 for Brunswick Records in New York. Duke Ellington, piano, directing: Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins, Charles M. “Cootie” Williams, trumpets; Lawrence Brown, Joseph “Tricky Sam” Nanton, trombones; […]

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The Birth Of Swing

Louis Armstrong and “West End Blues,” Bix Beiderbecke and “Clementine,” and the “Birth” of Swing An introduction to the music, musicians and singers of the swing era. Big bands were the major purveyors of swing music, but by no means the only ones.  Many small groups also played great swing. For this introduction to swing […]

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